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THE OLD SETTLERS
SEPTEMBER 12, 1911
FORTY-FIFTH ANNUAL REUNION
OLD SETTLERS ASSOCIATION
OF JOHNSON COUNTY, IOWA
AT THE FAIE GEOUNDS, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 1911
The day was beautiful and the attendance from the
country was large. The city as usual was well repre-
sented. At noon a tempting dinner was served on the
rustic tables under the wide-spreading branches of the
apple trees near the Log Cabins, Bruce Moore's de-
licious coffee being freely dispensed, which greatly
enhanced the pleasure of the feast. Many old friends
met, and enjoyed their friendly reminiscent chat in
social converse, rehearsing stories of the past, while the
cooling zephyrs whispered in the boughs overhead.
The pioneers indeed had a gala day.
At 1 :30 the meeting was called to order.
Favored by ideal weather, the Old Settlers' picnic
attracted an unusually large attendance. The program
proved unusually good, with addresses by such well
known men as Hon. E. W. Weeks of Guthrie Center, a
prominent legislator and a former resident of this sec-
tion of the State, and by John P. Irish of Oakland,
California, formerly editor of the Iowa State Press and
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one of the best known residents of Iowa City in the
At the opening of the session Rev. A. Schwimley
offered the invocation, and a business session followed,
at which officers were elected for the coming year.
The annual address was delivered by Hon. E. W.
Weeks of Guthrie Center, formerly a resident of Iowa
County, just across the Johnson County line, whither
he came with his father in 1855 and where he made his
home until 1877.
^*I find myself embarrassed by reason of memories
that come to me as I realize the task set before me,"
said Mr. Weeks in opening his address. ' ' In my youth
Iowa City was to me the center of the commercial world.
It was here the products of the farm and of our handi-
work found a market. It was here we purchased our
supplies. Here were enacted the great events of our
young life. Great political meetings took place on the
steps of the old capitol building. Here the soldiers
assembled and received their accoutrements of war.
Here the great state fair was held and here was the
University that filled me with awe and reverence and
here lived great men who were helping to make history.
All of these things conspired to fill my young mind with
great respect and veneration for Iowa City. It is nat-
ural for one to become personal and recount events of
local history on an occasion like this. The first events
I recall are the drowning of Boyd Williamson, the tor-
nado or water spout near here, and at Comanche and
the soldiers and Camp Polk.
' ' I am able to name the following citizens : Shrader,
Boucher, Clapp, Vogt, Edmonds and Eansom, Fairall,
Boal and Jackson, Judge Templin, Ewing, Williamson,
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Clark, Coldren, Dey, Cox, Donaldson, Pratt, Lee,
Bloom, Luse, Close brothers, Burkley, Irish, Gower,
Bowersock, Brainerd, Folsom, McClain, Parvin, El-
liott, and Finkbine. ' '
Continuing, Mr. Weeks said, Under two great
heads my message falls, one is material and the other
spiritual or sentimental. I wish to present some funda-
mental principles which I think ought to be applied to
our social affairs." The speaker then continued and
advocated medical examination of the children in the
public schools, governmental regulation of unjust com-
mercial transactions, the exclusive handling by the gov-
ernment of life insurance, and the improvement of the
roads of the State. He then took up the discussion of
the spiritual and sentimental side of life. There is a
mighty power working independent of man for his
good," he declared, in closing. '^Why, I cannot tell,
but from the character of events, I discover written
upon every page of history in letters of red, and throb-
bing in the hearts of the righteous, the transcendent
purpose of God to exalt the human race, and as our
minds comprehend the majesty and scope of this great
dominant purpose of his, we, his children, are inspired
to cooperate with him and do our part in bringing to
pass its fulfillment, keeping in our minds and upon our
hearts, this great central and dominant element con-
cerning human existence."
Following Hon. E. W. Weeks, Colonel Irish took
direct issue with the Iowa legislator on his views of the
relation of the people to the State.
The self-reliant and independent spirit character-
istic of the old settlers was the theme of Colonel Irish's
Forty-iifth Annual Meeting of the
Mr. Weeks had advocated state insurance, state
baths and other public works, and greater supervision
Colonel Irish said that in the early days, it was the
theory of lowans that the people were to run the gov-
ernment, and not the government run the people. He
said that the pioneers took their own baths and did a
fairly good job of it.
The fact that by necessity the old settlers were
forced to do for themselves and accomplish all things
by their own personal efforts, Colonel Irish stated,
caused a very hardy and capable race to be produced,
and he thought that we today could very well emulate
the pioneers in this regard.
Mrs. G. R. Irish's necrological report was read, to-
gether with letters from absent friends.
At the conclusion of the program, some time was
spent in visiting, and greeting guests from out of town.
LETTERS FROM FRIENDS
' Parsons, Kansas, Sept. 11, 1911.
Committee of Old Settlers,
Iowa City, Iowa.
I thank you for your kind invitation to attend your
meeting on the 12th inst. I cannot come, but send you
the following lines expressing my sentiments. They
are not poetical but simply jingle my sentiments for
the Old Settlers.
Your call for the reunion has promptly come, you see ;
To accept your invitation, how delightful it would be !
A joy beyond measure to clasp the faithful hand
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Of all the friends remaining of our young and happy
There are no friends like the old friends,
The truth of this we know,
And realize more fully the older we may grow ;
Especially when circumstances forces friends to part,
We feel the tie that binds us ever pulling at the heart.
So, when your invitation came for the old settlers' day,
I felt my heart strongs twisting and a pulling me that
If I could clasp the honest hand of all those friends I
'Twould be a mutual help I think ; we all grow old and
And the interchange of friendship is a mighty pleasant
And we want it now, this very day, for time is on the
A little way it has to fly, when one has reached three
That's why I feel so hungry to meet you all once more.
To see those faces smile again, would make the sun more
And while enriched by your good cheer, I'd hope to add
Come weal or woe, we onward go, as friend to friend we
All glory to our grand old State, the bravest in the land.
If some have reached the shining shore, while others
We'll all meet soon to part no more, at home and satis-
Harriet Shircliff Cavanagh.
Forty-fifth Annual Meeting of the
Cupertino, Cal., Sept. 5, 1911.
M. Cavanagh, Esq.
Your card of invitation to attend Old Settlers' Re-
union on the 12tli inst. brings to me regret that I can-
not be present. At the same time I am glad to be re-
membered. Not a day passes that does not bring to me
some thought of Iowa and of friends residing there. It
was my home for a longer time than that of any other
State. But the number of my old friends is rapidly
passing away. To those who survive I send a sincere
J. L. PiCKARD.
Drakes Branch, Virginia, Sept. 9th, 1911.
Dear Mr. Cavanagh :
I thank you for the cordial invitation to attend the
Annual Reunion of the Old Settlers' Association of
Johnson County, Iowa, on the 12th inst. I regret that
business matters will prevent my meeting with you on
this pleasant occasion.
You are to be commended for publishing the Pro-
ceedings of the Association in an attractive and per-
manent form, and thus preserving them for future gen-
My father. Perry M. Harbert, was one of that vast
army of Iowa pioneers, in reference of whom the poet
uses the language : —
* * They go like soldiers grimly into strife
To colonize the plain."
Albert N. Harbert.
Old Settlers Association of Johnson County 9
San Jose, Calif., Sept. 7, 1911.
My Dear Mr. Cavanagh and all old settlers of Johnson
Your invitation to meet with you on the 12th of this
month at the fair grounds has been received. Nothing
would suit me better than to do so if I were strong
enough to make the long trip, but just now I am not,
but hope soon to be as I am gaining every day. I hope
to see the old county once more and a few of the old
friends that knew me over fifty years ago. In most of
the papers that I get from my daughter, Mrs. Breene,
I see the name of some old settler who has passed away
and will not answer when the roll is called on the 12th
of this month. Within the last three months three of
our most respected members of the county have passed
away — G. E. Irish, P. A. Dey, and M. W. Davis, and
others that I knew for over fifty j^ears. Hoping that
you all will have a good time.
618 North Spruce Street, Aledo, Illinois.
September 9, 1911.
M. Cavanagh, Chairman Old Settlers' Association,
lotva City, lotva.
My Dear Friend:
I sincerely thank you for again remembering me on
this the annual gathering of the ^'Old Settlers of John-
son County", and send kindly greetings to the pioneers
of the county. In fancy I see the smiles of delight that
illumine the faces of friends as they meet, and the sin-
cere hand clasps, perhaps the first time since the meet-
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ing and greetings a year ago. Joys and sorrows are
recounted, joy at seeing so many of the friends of early
days, sorrow at missing some from their midst who will
meet no more with them in their reunions at the Old
Settlers' picnics, but have crossed the river, and will
await their reunion on the other shore.
It was with deep regret I learned of the death of
our esteemed friend, Mr. Gilbert Irish. The last time I
visited the city, I spent a most enjoyable time at his
home ; his wife and himself knew so many of my friends
and knew so much about the city, and the happenings,
that the pleasure of that visit will long be one of the
bright spots in my memory.
I regret the impossibility of being able to meet with
you face to face in your annual gathering but I will re-
member you and wish for you a lovely day, a happy
meeting, and may the Heavenly Father keep you all
and grant you many returns of the day.
Very cordially yours,
Mrs. Virginia E. Hanby Wright.
160 Broadway, New York, 7 September, 1911.
Dear Mr. Cavanagh : —
I am in receipt of your kind invitation to meet the
old settlers of Johnson County at their annual reunion
on the 12th instant. While, of course, from this dis-
tance it would hardly be possible for me to attend in
person, I gladly send cordial greetings, and my best
wishes for a happy time to those who will be able to be
There is much that is wholesome in the spirit of good
fellowship which such meetings engender, but the great
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vital fact about them is that this good fellowship is in-
spired by a common love which, for long years, those
assembled have had for one and the same locality as
their common home. This in time, also, develops among
the people a spirit of patriotism, and a love for all the
civic virtues, conditions upon which the stability and
good order of our government and our institutions must
The sad thing about these meetings is that they
mark the passing away of old and valued friends. In
this connection my mind naturally reverts to your old
comrade, Mr. Gilbert R. Irish, who took a deep interest
in your meetings, and whose loss, as the great living
embodiment of the history of Johnson County, will be
deeply felt. And then too your fellow townsman, Mr.
Peter A. Dey, a man known and honored all over the
State, and far beyond its limits, has passed away, leav-
ing a void that will be hard to fill. While he was a man,
sound in judgment, skillful in action, amiable in tem-
per, he was above all the model citizen, one of the sort
that gives strength and character to any community in
which he chanced to cast his lot.
The comforting fact about all this is that the lives
/ of such men prove an inspiration to those who come
after them, and, while their loss will be deeply mourned
on the occasion of the reunion, the memory of what
their lives have been should bind more closely together
those who are left behind in an even deeper love for
good old Johnson County, Iowa.
Again thanking you for jovoc kind invitation I am
Theodoke F. Sanxay.
Forty-fifth Annual Meeting of the
Grinnell, Iowa, Sept. 11, 1911.
Dear People of Johnson and all Old Settlers in par-
Here's greeting from one of the '56 boys — but for
the past twenty years a resident of old Poweshiek, and
regrets that he cannot greet you all face to face. It
would do me good. I am glad to greet so many, how-
ever, who make it a religious duty to visit annually
their old home, even if among other things like Fink-
bine they visit Terrill's old melon patches on the west
side of the river. These reunions tend to lengthen life,
and I am glad that this custom of annual meetings is
kept so fresh and green in memory. Thanking the
committee for kindly remembrance, and trusting you
may all meet many times more I am
Aaron O. Price.
Sutherland, Iowa, Sept. 11, 1911.
Dear Friend : —
To-morrow is the day for the Johnson County Old
Settlers' Picnic. I noticed that where there used to be
three names on the invitations there is now but one.
Truly the Johnson County pioneers have reached the
autumn of life ; they are falling, falling like the leaves
from the trees. As I sit here writing
''I feel like one who treads alone
Some banquet hall deserted,
Whose lights are fled, whose garlands dead,
And all but he departed." " \
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Of the family of Eev. W. W. Woods and wife but
three of the children remain on this side.
Mrs. Lorinda Woods Cones lives at 22 21st Street,
Council Blu:ffs, la. Mrs. Florence Lucas Horton is
with her making her home bright and cheery for her,
Mrs. R. H. Sylvester (Martha) lives in Washington
City and Virginia Woods Morgan lives in New York
City. I wish I might be able to once more visit Iowa
City but it is not probable. I would be so glad to
receive a letter from you telling me all about yourself
and family and other old friends. I thank you for your
card of invitation and would have been so glad to have
met with you had it been possible. With best wishes
to you all I am most truly your old friend,
Mks. Huse Woods.
Dubuque, Iowa, Aug. 15, 1912.
H. J. WiENEKE,
Iowa City, loiva.
Friend Wieneke : —
I have unduly delayed replying to your kind in-
vitation to meet with the Old Settlers of Johnson Co.,
hoping I might see my way to acceptance, but I find it
I desire, through you, to send kindest greetings to
the old settlers of J ohnson, wishing them all prosperity
with length of days to enjoy it.
Thos. M. Irish.
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GILBERT R. IRISH
Delighting in the associations which resulted from
long acquaintance with local events, Gilbert R. Irish
was a prominent figure in the assemblies of the old set-
tlers in the days of his activity. The regularity of his
appearance on such occasions as the annual meeting
must have taught his associates to feel that it was to
continue uninterrupted. Kndly disposed toward a
reminiscent environment he appeared to enjoy most the
society of those who were able to add something to such
surroundings. As an officers of the Old Settlers' Asso-
ciation he spoke for it, wrote for it, and labored to make
it effective in its field, giving not only time but careful
thought to its management. Certain undertakings, as
the old log cabins, types of an early day, are in part a
monument to his memory, while the endeavors which he
put forth to preserve the history of the locality, history
which was rapidly being lost to the present generation,
must be commended in all the future records of the
Viewing the work of men in the light of their en-
deavors one must credit Gilbert R. Irish with a large
place in the annals of The Old Settlers' Association.
During all its history, one may say, his family has occu-
pied a place in the proceedings, assisting in its organiza-
tion and its maintenance from the beginning, while add-
ing also to the program in many instances. It is there-
fore fitting that a record should appear in this publica-
tion which indicates something of his life and an appre-
ciation of his connection with this Association, its
purposes, accomplishments, and plans.
While acting as its secretary he became familiar
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with every detail and in caring for its publications lie
was considered most effective. In this he appeared to
take a great interest and from this department he is
much missed. There are times in the life of an organ-
ization when vacancies occur in office which, tempor-
arily at least, seem difficult to fill ; no one seems desirous
of taking up the broken thread and of continuing the
records without delay. There appears to be something
that should be left untouched except by the hand that
was accustomed to trace the page.
During the last year of his life Gilbert Irish must
have felt that he had only begun what he had desired to
do in relation to the work of the Old Settlers' Associa-
tion. He certainly meant to arouse a spirit of local
interest in the history of the early families of this com-
munity, the very nearest and most sacred of recollec-
tions, whereby the future generations might obtain
some idea of the trials of those who undertook to found
homes in this community. He doubtless deemed it im-
portant that those now living should know something
of the sacrifices and self-denials of those who purchased
the land, opened it to cultivation, and afterwards passed
it on for the comfort of their descendants.
A personal interest must move one who has an in-
timate acquaintance with local matters as he had, to
trace the account of early events, and to endeavor to
recover the missing memoranda which may lie in the
recollections, correspondence, or publications of men.
Such a personal interest is indicated in what he did and
one may conclude that in this spirit of attachment and
intimacy he has made others feel a deeper desire to add
to his last recorded effort.
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HISTORY OF THE FAIR GROUNDS
We present a history of the fair grounds written by
the late Gilbert R. Irish of whom we make personal
mention, and hope the article may interest our readers.
The fair grounds have been the treasure trove of the
little band of pioneers of Johnson County for a quarter
of a century, where they have taken great pleasure in
meeting with old time friends. There walking 'neath
the shade of the fragrant apple trees, exploring the
quaint old log cabins, telling stories with heart 's delight
of the happy days gone by, speaking of the hardships,
perils, and privations of the long ago, recalling sad
memories of departed friends and dear ones :
The history of many tracts of land in the county is
an interesting theme. The price paid at different times
for the land, the uses to which it was put and the de-
scription of the owners and tenants who have occupied
it would make many entertaining pages.
In 1839 William Sturgis made claim to the south-
east quarter of the southwest quarter of Section 11 in
Iowa City Township, which is the land upon which the
Johnson County Fair Grounds are located. In July,
1840, Mr. Sturgis sold his claim for forty dollars to
Samuel H. McCrory and S. C. Trowbridge. On the
same date, July 6, 1840, they sold the claim to William
Hamilton for seventy-five dollars. In 1839 Mathew
Brown made claim to the north half of the west half of
the southeast quarter of section eleven, being forty
acres and lying north of the Sturgis claim.
Mr. Brown built a log cabin on the site of the present
residence of J. J. Metzger and lived there until Sep-
tember, 1841, when he sold his claim to James Trimble
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for one hundred dollars. After residing there for a
time Mr. Trimble sold his claim to Mr. Sturgis who
later sold it and the forty acres north of it to Mr. Ham-
ilton for one hundred and forty-five dollars.
Mr. Hamilton built a small frame addition to the
Brown cabin and fenced and broke eighty acres, includ-
ing what is now the fair grounds. While living there
the two daughters of Mr. Hamilton were born, the
youngest of which by marriage with Sir Sidney Water-
low, an ex-Lord Mayor of London, became Lady Water-
low. For a short period Mr. Hamilton leased his land
and a portion of his dwellings to J esse K. Strawbridge.
In 1850 Mr. Hamilton leased his farm and placing his
family in care of his tenant, John Lenox, he went to
California. After an absence of several years he re-
turned and conducted his farm.
Upon removing to Linn County he leased the farm
to John P. Davis, who was the son of a wealthy dis-
tiller in London, well educated and a perfect gentleman.
Upon his marriage Mr. Davis determined to come to the
United States and be a farmer, bringing with him two
English farm hands and several thousand dollars in
gold. Instead of running the farm, the farm ran him,
and in a short time he found himself and wife penniless
in a strange land. Helped by his neighbors he moved
into town and got a position as clerk.
Having become acquainted with Richard Bonson of
Dubuque, he was given the place of enrolling clerk in
the Legislature, and was prevailed upon to remove to
Dubuque, where he found a good place in the land office
there and in Osage and in a measure regained his for-
tune. Returning to Dubuque he resided there until,
the beginning of the Civil War, when he determined
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to go to Memphis. During the war all trace of him
The farm hands that came with him from England
remained in the vicinity for many j^ears, one of them,
Heber Humphrey, died in the city from glanders, and
the other, Jack Elliot, spent many years at the poor
farm and died there.
Mr. Hamilton sold the forty acres, now the fair
grounds, to Clark and Borland and they, with others,
conducted a nursery there for many years. The balance
of the Hamilton farm was bought by James H. Gower,
who resided there for many years, and disposed of it to
an order of nuns who had been expelled from the Prus-
sian Empire. They erected spacious buildings and
there founded a home for orphans, old people and in-
digent persons. The institution flourished for some
years under the management of Rev. William Emonds.
Failing to meet their obligations they were ousted by the
foreclosure of a mortgage, the inmates of the institution
were scattered and disappeared and the property re-
verted to Mr. Gower, who leased it to L. E. Elliot who
used it for a stock farm for some years, when it was
leased by George Wymer and for a period it was used
as a dairy farm by him.
Later it was leased by George Green who converted
it into a stock farm for some years, when it was leased
by Edwin O'Rourke and used by him as a dairy farm.
Upon the settlement of the estate of Mr. Gower the old
farm passed to the ownership of his youngest daughter
and was by her sold to J. J. Metzger who is the present
owner. For diversity of uses and different classes of
owners and tenants the old Gower farm is not excelled
by any farm in the county.
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HISTORY OF HUNTER FARM
The Hunter farm in Scott Township has probably
had as few owners as any farm in the county with very
few exceptions. The land comprising that farm was
taken as a claim in March, 1839 and the next year the
following deed was given to John Mathews by Green
Hill and Sion Hill who made claim to it in 1839 : ^^Know
all men that I, Green and Sion Hill have this day bar-
gained and sold, and by these presents do forever re-
lease and quit claim unto John Mathews all our right,
title, claim and demand whatever in and to the follow-
ing claim, tract or parcel of land for the sum of One
hundred and fifty dollars to us in hand paid by the said
John Mathews, the receipt of which we do hereby ac-
knowledge. The same tract or parcel of land lying and
being in the county of Johnson and Territory of Iowa
described and known as follows : The southwest quarter
of section six and all of the northwest quarter of section
six except twenty-five acres and fifty-seven poles on the
east side of said quarter as per survey made by Cyrus
Sanders, and corners established according to his sur-
vey in township seventy-nine (79), North range five (5)
west of the fifth principal meridian. Given under our
hands and seals this 15th day of February, 1840.
John Mathews after some years sold the land to
Adam Hunter and it remains the property of members
of his family.
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LEAF BY LEAF THE ROSES FALL
Our record tells us that the ranks of the pioneers
grow less with each swiftly passing year. The absence
of many familiar faces shows there are many new made
vacancies. Looking back to former days, thinking of
the past Old Settlers' reunions of the vanished years
and the many loved pioneers who have joined that ever-
present caravan and journeyed to the silent halls of
the Great Beyond we miss them sadly from this meet-
ing. Like falling leaves they have passed away, remind-
ing one of the beautiful old time song of ^^Leaf by Leaf
the Roses Fall". Yes, we miss them. Yet we rejoice
that they have accomplished a grand work and left a
record that should be an inspiration to us and millions
yet to come. We are proud of our ancestors, proud of
the part they bore in the making of beautiful Iowa, our
This generation owes a debt of gratitude to these
pioneer State builders that can only be repaid by our
best efforts in building for future generations even as
the pioneers built for us.
LEAF BY LEAF
Leaf by leaf the roses fall.
Drop by drop the springs run dry.
One by one beyond recall
Summer roses droop and die.
But the roses bloom again.
And the springs will gush anew
In the pleasant April rain.
And the summer sun and dew.
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So in hours of deepest gloom,
When the springs of gladness fail,
And the roses in their bloom
Droop like maidens, wan and pale,
We shall find some hope that lies,
Like a silent germ apart.
In the garden of the heart.
Some sweet hope to gladness wed —
That will spring afresh and new
When grief's winter shall have fled
Giving place to sun and dew ;
Some sweet hope that breathes of spring.
Through the weary, weary time —
Budding for its blossoming
In the spirit's silent clime.
PARTIAL LIST OF MEMBERS AND VISITORS
The forty-fifth annual meeting of the Old Settlers'
Association of Johnson County was held Tuesday, Sep-
tember 12, on the fair grounds at Iowa City. Of those
from other and distant counties attending the gathering
were John P. Irish of Oakland, Calif., and Edward,
Will and Charles Finkbine of Des Moines, the latter of
whom were born, reared and educated at the former
capital of the State. Their father and mother, the late
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Finkbine, became residents of the
town in the late forties. Mr. Irish, for many years pre-
ceding the war of the rebellion, also was a resident of
the charming old town, which, until 1857, was the cap-
ital of the State.
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One among the oldest residents of the county was
Mrs. Elizabeth Dennis, a widow, who, with her husband,
went to Johnson County in 1838. Mrs. Dennis has re-
sided continuously for seventy-three years upon the
same 160 acres, situated near Coralville, homesteaded
by them nearly three-quarters of a century ago. An-
other is Mrs. Euclid Sanders, whose father, Mr. Terrill,
took up his residence on the banks of the Iowa E-iver,
one mile north of Iowa City, in the early forties. Mr.
Terrill, who came from Georgia, erected a grist mill and
built a dam in the river to provide power with which to
drive the mill machinery. The dam and the mill, his-
torical structures in the county, have disappeared with
the mutations of years. The only relics of the mill —
three or four of the ancient millstones that ground corn-
meal and flour for the early settlers, lying in disuse on
the banks — mutely attest to the one time existence of
the ancient mill. Mrs. Sanders was born at the old
home, removed only a short distance from the dis-
mantled mill, in one of the most picturesque spots in
Iowa. The venerable stone house was razed eight or
nine years ago, and a new, modern residence was built
upon the site — a home of refinement, where generous
hospitality holds court, and where the best families in
Iowa City often foregather to enjoy the pleasures of
Mrs. Sophia Adams
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Adams
Miss Lily Adams
Prof. C. A. Aurner
Ira J. Alder
M. C. Burnett
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Bradley
W. H. Buchanan
O. S. Barnes
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Burge
Dr. A. J. Burge
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bowen
J. M. Borcham
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Mr. and Mrs. John Burk
O. A. Byington
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Brown
Mrs. Charles Borts
Mrs. Sarah P. Cropley
Z. S. Cray
J. K. Corlett
Mr. J. C. Cook
Mrs. Mary O. Coldren
Mrs. Louisa Cray
Mrs. Belle Grey Curtis
Mrs. Christena Cuber
Mrs. I. V. Dennis
D. M. Dixon
C. M. Dutcher
Mrs. William Evans
Mrs. Minnie Evans
S. P. Fry
Mrs. S. P. Fry
Mrs. Isaac Furbish
W. O. Finkbine
Ed. C. Finkbine
C. A. Finkbine
W. E. C. Foster
Mrs. W. E. C. Foster
Mrs. Mary Fruitnight
E. B. Graham
E. W. Griffith
A. W. Gifford
Mrs. Hattie Graham
G. E. Hall
M. J. Hall
G. A. Hitchcock
E. P. Howell
Mrs. E. P. Howell
John P. Hughes
Andrew C. Howell
W. P. Hohenschuh
Mrs. Theresa Hohenschuh
O. F. Hubner
Mrs. OUie Hemingway
J. J. Hotz
' Enoch Hope
Mrs. Enoch Hope
Mrs. Vinnie Eeam Hoxie
Mrs, Chris Hohenschuh
Mrs. C. W. Irish
Miss Elizabeth Irish
John P. Irish
Mrs. John P. Irish
Mrs. John Jayne
Mrs. William Kettlewell
Mrs. Mary F. Keene
J. H. Kramer
Geo. W. Koontz
Mrs. G. W. Koontz
Mrs. Jacob Kloos
Mrs. Elizabeth Morrison
A. L. Moreland
F. M. McEeynolds
Mrs. F. M. McEeynolds
Forty-fifth Annual Meeting of the
E. A, McChesney
L. W. Miller
Mrs. F. McGee
Mrs. John McCollister
Mrs. Mary Miller
Mrs. John Michel
M. J. Moon
J. J. Metzger
Mrs. J. J. Metzger
A. E. Maine
Mrs. Bruce Moore
M. J. O'Brien
J. M. Otto
Mrs. William Pratt
D. J. J. Plank
M. C. Parsons
Walter I. Pratt
N. E. Parvin
Mrs. Mary Eandall
F. H. Eittenmeyer
Mrs, Emily Eoessler
Mrs. Emily Eicord
Mrs. Mary Eandall
D. F. Eosenkranz
J. W. Eich
I. V. Eowland
A. A. Eoessler
Eev. A. Schwimlcy
Mrs. Wm. Sweet
Mrs. Jacob Stover
John Struble, Sr.
Mrs. John Struble
N. W. Scales
J. C. Switzer
A. E. Schnare
H. B. Sheets
E. B. Smith
Mrs. W. M. Smith
M. S. Shircliff
Mrs. Lizzie Sunier
John G. Scheetz
J. C. Stouffer
Mrs. J. C. Stouffer
John W. Schell
John A. Stevenson
S. K. Stevenson
Miss Sallie Stewart
S. A. Swisher
Mrs. Euclid Sanders
Mrs. Frank Stratton
Mrs. Mack Stevens
Mrs. Hortense Stillings
Ira E. TullOs
T. O. Thomas
Mrs. Margaret Tucker
Dr. J. P. Vonstein
Old Settlers Association of Johnson County 25
P. A. Westenhaver
O. E. Williams
Miss Mary Vonstein
Miss Sarah Vonstein
Miss Annie Vonstein
Mrs. Edna B. Wilson
Edwin B. Wilson
Henry J. Wieneke
J. J. Weber
I. S. Weeber
Mrs. Emory Westcott
NECROLOGICAL REPORT FOR 1910-1912
Death ruled in the ranks of the little army of old
settlers who have made Iowa City and Johnson County
one of the greatest, richest and most noted in the Hawk-
This fact was revealed at the annual picnic and re-
union of the Johnson County Old Settlers' Association.
The necrological report proved that during the year
one hundred and sixty pioneers, at least seventy-eight
of whom were more than seventy years of age — were
called beyond, during the year that has elapsed since the
Technically many are called old settlers whose age
is not advanced, and some comparatively young peo-
ple 's names are registered on the association books, but,
as the list shows, so far as the ages are known, a great
majority of those who have passed away in 1910-1911
had attained the allotted ^Hhree score years and ten"
and some were four (and even five) score years of age.
The report was written by Mrs. Gilbert R. Irish to
whom the compilation came as a peculiarly sad duty, as
MANY REAL PIONEERS ARE GONE
Forty-fifth Annual Meeting of the
its annual predecessors for decades had been prepared
by her late husband, Justice G. R. Irish, whose own
name, now, alas, appears upon the records.
The very aged were called home in large numbers,
although the cold hand of death seized more of those
whose years ranged from seventy-five to eighty, than of
any other class. Oddly enough those who were from
eighty-five to ninety slightly outranked — so far as the
records show — ^those whose years were from seventy to
seventy-five. The following table illustrates this fact,
showing how many pioneers of the most advanced age
70 to 75 16
75 to 80 24
80 to 85 15
85 to 90 18
90 to 95 S
95 to 100 2
The list submitted at the annual meeting is given in
full below. As will be seen, the ages of a number of
pioneers is not shown, the society's records lacking that
THE ENTIRE LIST
Joanna D. Stewart
Mrs. Anna Zika
Mrs. Caroline Cox
George W. Oakes
Mrs. Anna Wilkinson . .
Mrs. Isabel Cessner . . . .
Col. Alexander J. Miller
Mrs. Emily Fountain . .
— R. H. Wray
87 Mrs. Elizabeth Tudor
61 Patrick Cuneen
77 Mrs. Josep"B
80 Peter Musser
Old Settlers Association of Johnson County 27
Mrs. Harriet Frank 62 Mrs. Gustavus Hinrichs 68
Mrs. Josie V. Hukill . . . 45 Samuel R. Patterson 39
Mrs. Adam Schneider 69 Mrs. Louis Lumbard 23
William L. Fountain 85 Mrs. Frank Worrell 81
David Walker 77 Capt. E. H. Ely —
Simeon F. J. Graff 33 Mrs. Nancy Ringland 86
Mrs. Annie B. Hunt 68 A. N. Ansel 45
Miss Veronica Miller 54 Mrs. P. SMUig 60
Mrs. A. J. Borts 46 Mrs. Mary F. Wood 60
John C. Sydut 77 Ed. Craig 63
Frank Peach 71
Mrs. F. O. Burke 44 John Poland .71
Joseph Wacek 79 Julia S. Berger 71
Mrs. Eliza Shurlock 83 Samuel Stouffer 84
William Tierney 81 Mrs. G. H. Ryerson 84
Charles Boberich 42
. . .65
Mrs. Welhelmina Lackender , .
lAlexander Huffman 75 Mrs. Mary C. Brophy 84
Mrs. Mary Dilger 64 Mrs. Hannah Borschel 63
J. J. Roessler 88 Joseph Worrell 78
Joshua H. Secrest 63 John D. Sentman —
Thomas Harney 85
Mrs. George T. Reddick 47 Mrs. Alice B. Drake 57
Mrs. Martha Fickey 79 Mrs. J. Shepardson 80
Thomas Sterba 70 Mrs. Joe Crissel 52
Charles A. Vogt 49 Mrs. Sarah J. Brown 86
John Arnold 72 Mrs. Henry Scharf 71
Miss Ada Packard 61 Mrs. Mary Kessler 88
Forty-fifth Annual Meeting of the
Mrs. Thomas B. Wales 78
Mrs. Elizabeth Highbee 89
Prof, Samuel Calvin 71
Peter Kettles 73
Uriah Trimble 50
Frank Knedlik 72
Mrs. Mary Benedict .77
Mrs. Harry Buckingham —
Mrs. John Krai 68
Mrs. Henry Walker
Mrs. Dora Louis . .
Mrs. Julia Trumpp
Ed B. Connelly
Mrs. Lester L. Stoner
Mrs. J. H. Williams
Mrs. Elizabeth Protz
Charles Schump, Sr —
Mrs. Mary Riley 92
Mrs. Susan Madden 79
Mrs. Sarah Swift 65
Joseph Krotz 57
Pardon J. Alderman
John Milton Seydel
James T. Robinson
Rev. J. G. Hoerlein
Stephen L. Saunders
Mrs. George L. Smith
Mrs. David Lyons —
Gilbert R. Irish 74
Joseph Andrews 93
Mrs. Frank Koudelka 69
Mrs. Salome Renger 89
Mrs. Jeremiah Shaw 72
Mrs. Joseph Chipera
Samuel W. Pairall
Mrs. J. K. Corlett
Milton Horton ....
W. W. Jones
Mrs. T. O. Thomas 77
O. M. Tiffany 55
Mrs. Frank Sanders 54
Mrs. Albert Westcott 67
George M. Kenyon 85
Mrs. Margaret Ochs —
Hon. Peter A. Dey 86
Mrs. Bell Roberts Crawford 60
Mrs. John Beard
Mrs. Alois Baschnagel
J. M. Huffman
Joseph Benda . .
Dennis Collins 80
Mrs. Gertrude Brogla 71
Mrs. Benjamin Owen 80
jGcorge Graham 63
Mrs. John Rogers 55 E. C. Clifford
Mrs. David O'Connor 62 F. B. Kessler
John Ryan 68
Mrs. Marie Cayot
Mrs. M. Leucnberger
M. W. Davis
Mrs. Alfred Ohl
Mrs. D. A. Hughes
Old Settlers Association of Johnson County 29
Mrs. C. Fitzsimmons 78
John Jones 77
Henry Fiesler 85
Mrs. Anna Vitosh
Mrs. Maria S. Ruppert
Mrs. Harriet Griffith . .
Mrs. LeGrand Byington 86
Fedor A. Heinsius 50
Mrs. Margaret Schleicher 96
Miss Anna Maher 98
Mrs. Mary Greazel 83
James McFadden 64
Mrs. Phoebe Lucas 83
Mrs. William Ten Eick 75
Mrs. Bridget O 'Shaughnessy 71
William Edwin Struble .66
Dr. Thomas R. Ward
From September 12, 1911, to September 12, 1912
In compliance with the duty assigned me to prepare
the list of the Old Settlers of Johnson County who have
passed to the Great Beyond since the last meeting, Sep-
tember 12, 1911, 1 present the following report arranged
by months and including the ages of each decedent when
Mrs. G. R. Irish.
Mrs. Anna Elizabeth
Elisha B. Moore
Evan Smith McComas .
Mrs. Cyrus Upham .
Mark Emery Baker ....
Mrs. Mary Russell , .
John R. Hall
William P. Ten Eick
Mrs. Clara Harvat Fair
Mrs. Steve Saunders .
Miss Anna Roberts ....
Mrs. Anna Crozier North-
Arthur White (of Big
Forty-fiftJi Annual Meeting of the
Mrs. Fredric Ohl
Miss Elizabeth Schell . . .
Jennie Razee Walters . .
. . —
Mrs. Henry Morrow ....
Miss Katherine Hauck .
Harry A. Fairchild ....
Miss Capitola Williams .
Dr. James R. Cozine . .
Mrs. Lucy Ann Clark . .
Mrs. N. B. Richey
Mrs. Annie Gailhouse Enk 74
Mrs. Geo. Flemming (Har-
Julius D. Hill
riet L. Shircliflf) . .
Mrs. Christena Haberstroh
Mrs. Annie Eden
Prof. Leonard F, Parker
Mrs. Henry Springmeyer 65
Mrs. Mary A. Strohm . . .
Mrs. May McGinnis . . .
Mrs. Ruth Anderson Sax-
Mrs. Elizabeth Walding
Mrs. Catherine Wetherby 84
Mrs. Henry Hogan ....
Gen. Harry Graham ....
Mrs. Henry Garnett . . .
Mrs. Maranda E. Snair .
Mrs. Catherine Stoner .
Mrs. Elizabeth Livenstine 91
Mrs. Mary Walker (wife
of James W.)
David Henry Hastings .
Mrs. Prod Day (ne
P. H. Rittcnincyer
Old Settlers Association of Johnson County
George Floerehinger . , .
Mrs. John Tobeck
John E. Bick
Prof. E. M. Guffin
Mrs. Sarah A. Dutcher .
Capt. N. A. Holson
Mrs. Elizabeth Dawson
Mrs. Hugh Bartlett Gold-
Mrs. Elizabeth Niger . . .
Mrs. Henry Wieneke
David E Thomas
Mrs. E. M. Johnson
Mrs Bridget Hogan
Mrs. Elizabeth Protz . . .
Mrs. Thornton Ford . . . .
George H. Shockey
Mrs. Edwin E. Brock . .
Mrs. Laurana Talbot . . .
Mrs. T. T. Williams
Mrs. Melvin Smith ....
Mrs. L. W. Mason (wife of
Baseom Mason) . .
Mrs. Catherine Heede . .
Mrs. David Kirkpatrick
Mrs. Thos. A. Hill , ,
Mrs. Cynthia Palmer . .
John C. Maring
Mrs. Ellen Eobertson . . .
Harvey S. Sutliff
Mrs. Mary Connelly Cook 69
Mrs. Fannie White Barnes 70
Mrs. Catherine Schmidt
James W. Fackler
Forty-fifth Annual Meeting of the
Mrs. Emily Ricord 83
T. W. Townsend 68
David M. Dixon 85
James S. Calvert 71
Mrs. Francis E. Wilson . . 74
Mrs. E. R. Wallace 73
jVincent Grissel 42
Joseph Meyers 54
Mrs. Catherine Cronin ... 65
Mrs. Bridget Vogt 78
3 Joe Kritz 79
1 Fred Fuhrmaster 74
15 Mrs. A. L. Humphrey
5 (Jennie Ricord, niece
5 of Jacob Ricord) ...61
5 Philip Spinden 40
12 Charles C. Wetherby 65
15 Mrs. Barbara Zahs 85
1 Mrs. Sarah Shepard An-
3 drews 85
Peof. L. F. Parkek
When the life went out of Professor L. F. Parker,
there passed from earth a man who was as nearly per-
fect as can be conceived by imperfect man. Thousands
of young men and women have sat before him in recita-
tion and lecture, yet who ever heard of one who did not
love him. His entire life was given to the young, and
he remained young even beyond the four score years.
There was an inspiration in Professor Parker. His
kindly face showed deep S3aiipathy, and there w^as more
than that in his interest in his students. He was ever
read}^ with counsel and help in class work, and when a
students was facing difficulties, he always found in Pro-
fessor Parker a helper who could meet the present and
inspire for the future.
He was connected with the State University for a
num])ci* of years. He filled the combined chairs of
Greek nnd ancient history. He was not a great edu-
catoi* as class I'oom work is measured, but he educated
the heart and inspired his young people for better
Old Settlers Association of Johnson County 33
things, even though he never advised nor sought to di-
The University men and women who sat in Pro-
fessor Parker's classes are all getting on the shady side
of life, yet they never have forgotten him, and we ven-
ture to say that all of them, many times, have recalled
his helpfulness, and now that he is a memory, it is one
that will be cherished till they join him in the beyond.
We have often thought that he was greatly influ-
enced in his life by his own great sorrows. In his
younger days a daughter lost her life by accidental fire.
This was when he was first connected with Iowa College
at Grinnell. Then while he was in Iowa City a loss came
which would have broken many people, but there was
something about Professor Parker and his talented and
devoted wife which could face sorrow and bring them
through fire even purer and better for the ordeal. The
loss here was the drowning of their two youngest chil-
dren, a boy and girl, both in the public schools, bright
and loving. Professor Parker, his niece and the two
children were in a boat on the Iowa River. The river
was very high and the water turbulent. The boat was
run too near the Terrill dam and it went under. Pro-
fessor Parker and his niece were saved, but the children
sank in the waves. For several days there was search-
ing day and night and then the boy was found near the
dam. It was about a week later that the girl was found
a few miles down the river. The body was reported by
a tramp who proved to be a man the girl had fed the day
before her life was lost.
We will never forget the return of Professor Parker
to his class room after those days of suffering. The
students were all seated when he entered. There was
34 Forty-iifth Annual Meeting of the
intense silence, but Professor Parker was under com-
plete control and began class work without a tremor in
Ms voice, wMch is more than could be said of many in
his class. No member of the class could speak a word
of sympathy, but every heart went out to him in a way
that spoke more than could be expressed in words.
When the life and real work of Professor Parker is
put into print, as we hope they will be, there will be
much that is worthy to recount, but the real life of such
a man must be known in personal relations to be appre-
Mrs. Henry J. Wieneke
Mrs. Henry Wieneke, long a well known and loved
resident of Iowa City, passed away at her home on the
morning of April 3, 1911, at 10 o'clock, following an
illness extending back for several years. Born Septem-
ber 30, 1839, Mrs. Wieneke, whose maiden name was
Caroline Kembel, moved to Iowa with her parents in the
year 1840 and on the third day of December, 1857, she
was married to Henry Wieneke. Since then she has
lived continuously in Iowa City.
Mrs. Jean Scott
Mrs. Jean Hamilton Scott was a woman of many ad-
mirable qualities and of a very lovable character. She
was born in Scotland, December 3, 1832, at Stony
House. As one of a large family she lived with her
grandmother in Glasgow where she received her educa-
tion in the schools of that city. Her father. Judge
Hamilton, was a prominent man of the times.
Old Settlers Association of Johnson County 35
May 30, 1849, she was married to Alexander Scott
and to them were born Alec, Hugh, Will and John in
Scotland. In 1856 they came to America accompanied
by friends and relatives from Scotland. They came
directly to Iowa City and made their home continuously
for almost fifty years. Margaret, Jennie, Lizzie, Char-
lie and Jessie were born in their home on the West Side.
Mr. Scott died March, 1869, followed at intervals by
his children, Jennie, Lizzie and Hugh.
Mrs. Jean Scott brought to this country all the
strong Christian traits, characteristic of the Scotch
race. Her ancestors traced back to the Covenanters —
one being burned at the stake in defense of the Protest-
ants, at the time Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded.
Although a staunch Scotch Presbyterian, firm in her be-
lief, she joined the Methodist Episcopal Church at Iowa
City, and was a faithful member, always ready to bear
a willing helping hand. She was loved and respected by
a wide circle of friends and neighbors. Everything that
could be said of praise is in the thoughts, and on the lips
of a great army of loving loyal friends.
She died quietly at the home of her son Charles in
Omaha, IsTebraska, June 5, 1912.
Henry Walker, who came to Johnson County in
1839, died at his home near River Junction, December
21, 1911, aged 82 years, 9 months and 13 days. He was
one of the very few surviving residents who came here
before 1840, and he was connected with the very first
settling of the county, for his elder brothers, Samuel,
James and Joseph, came in 1837. Samuel Walker, Phil
Forty-fifth Annual Meeting of the
Clark and Eli Myers came together, and were the three
first white settlers of Johnson County.
Henry Walker owned a thousand acres on the level
prairie south of River Junction, and was one of the
wealthiest men in the county. He lived on the same
farm from the time of his arrival, and the picturesque
old homestead was one of the most hospitable places in
Surviving is one daughter, Mrs. Mary Shellady.
The late Mrs. Will Fairall was a daughter. Mrs. Walk-
er died within a year. Seven grandchildren and four
great grandchildren survive.
Mr. Walker was a public spirited citizen. He gave
the Eiver Junction park to the town a few years ago.
He was a leader iid the Old Settlers' Association.
John A. Stevenson
There was something rugged and striking in John
A. Stevenson. He was not a man of many words, but
all his words were good. Nobody ever doubted his word.
Along with his ruggedness, there was kindness. He was
a good neighbor and had the esteem and respect of all
who were associated with him. He belonged to no
church, but he was a church man and his help for the
church was always substantial. In politics he was a
man of convictions. He believed in what he advocated.
He was not ambitious, but when called upon to perform
public duties, he never neglected them. They received
the same honest, candid attention he gave to his own
Me came to this county with the railways, when the
State was new and he has seen the wonderful develop-
Old Settlers Association of Johnson County 37
ment of the country even from the earlier days. When
he was born, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and other
fathers of the Republic were living. When he became
a voter Tyler was president and he has been a voter and
probably voted at the elections which chose every presi-
dent from General Harrison down to Taft. He saw the
development of the steamboats, the steam railway, the
telegraph and the telephone, in fact all the great inven-
tions of the past century. No better ninety years could
be chosen in which to live than those covered by Mr.
Mr. Stevenson was a native of Pennsylvania. He
was educated in the private and public schools of the
time, most of the schools being supported by private
subscriptions. He was descended from a long line of
sturdy men, a number of them having been prominent
in their communities. When a man has lived ninety
years and lived them well, he has well fulfilled his mis-
sion and met the divine purposes of his creation, and
this truly can be said of Mr. Stevenson.
Mr. Harvey Sutliff came with his parents to J ohn-
son County in 1838 when a child of five years old and
was reared on the old Sutliff farm, the site of the his-
toric ferry, and now of the bridge built a few years ago.
He was a successful farmer and took an active part in
securing the bridge and was widely known over the
State for his abundant information and pronounced
views on economic and other public questions.
David Carling was born in German Valley, New
J ersey. He came to Iowa City in 1855, with his parents.
38 Forty-iifth Annual Meeting of the
where lie resided for a number of years. On January
1st, 1868, Mr. Carling was united in marriage with Miss
Kate Oathout. A few years later he with his family
moved to Shelby, Iowa, where he has spent the rest of
his life. In boyhood days he learned the carpenter
trade with his father, which he has followed the most
of his life. Soon after coming to Shelby Mr. Carling
united with the Methodist Episcopal Church and he
died trusting in the Savior. Many times during his last
days of sufering he often repeated these words, '^In
my Father's house are many mansions." He died Feb-
ruary first, 1910.
Catherine Oathout Carling was born in Fonda,
Montgomery County, N. Y., May 28, 1839, died August
6, 1910. She came to Iowa City in 1859. In early life
she learned the millinery trade which she followed till
her marriage to David Carling, Jan. 1st, 1868. In 1875
she and her husband came to Shelby. She had lived a
life of loving devotion to her family.
Peter Weber, aged 96 years, one of the oldest pio-
neers of Iowa City, died September 12th, 1911, at his
home on Kirkwood Avenue. He came to Iowa City in
1845, and since 1858 he had resided on Kirkwood Ave-
nue. He was a member of the famous Hohmann Band,
one of the best musical organizations of the early days.
Since our last meeting death has claimed many pio-
neers and active members of the Association; we give
the names of some of the real old settlers, and give as
Old Settlers Association of Johnson County 39
far as known the date of the year they came to the
Peter Weber, age 96, came to Iowa in 1845.
John E. Jaynes came in 1839.
Mrs. Henry Walker came in 1839.
Gilbert R. Irish came in 1840.
Milton Seydel came in 1838.
Mrs. Henry Wieneke, age 73, came in 1840.
Harvey Sutliff, age 78, came in 1838.
Mrs. Emily Ricord, age 84, came in 1840.
Mrs. Phebe Lucas, age 83, came in 1852.
J ohn A. Stevenson, age 90, came in 1856.
Mrs. Jean Scott, age 80, came in 1856.
Peter A. Dey.
David Dixon, age 85.
F. X. Rittenmeyer, age 96, came in 1850.
Mrs. Le Grande Byington came in 1849.
Perry Tantlinger, age 99, came in 1848.
Cynthia Palmer, age 94, came in
New officers were elected :
Geoege T. Boeland
HeNEY J. WiENEKE
Mes. G. R. Ieish
The following Executive Committee was appointed
by the President :
w. p. hohenschtjh
R. B. Geaham